Solar facilities developer and operator KDC Solar LLC has started construction of the solar photovoltaic system planned at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. The facility is expected to generate 30 million kilowatt hours of electricity in its first year and supply nearly all of the theme park's power requirements.
The Great Lakes Commission is calling on governments to encourage greater use of natural water quality solutions, such as bioswales, rain gardens and green roofs, to filter pollutants out of the water stream before it connects to the lakes. In particular, the group urges full funding of a federal lending program for launching community-based clean water projects.
Solar and wind energy assets are proving to be reliable through recent years' severe weather events. Observers say renewables also contributed to grid resiliency during Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.
The Adrian Dominican Sisters religious organization in Michigan has signed onto Consumers Energy's Green Generation initiative, agreeing to source 100% of its total electricity needs from renewables. Nearly 20,000 businesses and households in the state are part of the program.
Virginia is in a prime position to serve as the hub for the East Coast's emerging offshore wind supply chain, according to a BVG Associates report commissioned by Virginia's Sierra Club chapter. The report cites the state's existing ports, geographical composition and existing maritime workforce. "Virginia has great potential and many natural advantages to attract this investment, but must act now to be a leader in offshore wind," the report says.
P2 Science officials are using green chemistry to manufacture renewable intermediates and ingredients for cosmetics, fragrances and flavors at a recently opened facility in Naugatuck, Conn. The number of employees is expected to at least double from an initial 15 workers once the plant is fully operational after a production kickoff in October.
Mars Inc. executives are calling for sustainability prioritization through wholesale global supply chain changes and how businesses collaborate with other entities. "In fact, I believe we're seeing the end of the commodities era, where materials used to be sourced from largely unknown origins and bought purely for price on a transactional basis," said Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer Barry Parkin.
Luxury automakers Jaguar, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are preparing to release all-electric SUVs in competition with Tesla's Model X. Audi this week introduced its E-Tron model, which is expected to cost less than the Model X and to feature Amazon's Alexa voice tool.
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Alliant Energy has set a new goal to divest from coal by 2050 and will do so, in part, by investing $2 billion in new renewable energy projects, including six new wind farms. "Through this new construction and additional purchase agreements, the company's energy portfolio will have more than 2,700 megawatts of wind power by 2021," it said.